3 Reasons Why Your Teeth May Be Sensitive

Sensitive or painful teeth are often the result of eating foods or drinking beverages that are either very hot, cold, or sweet. While this is the most common cause for tooth sensitivity, there are other, less common causes. Here are three possible reasons for tooth sensitivity and what you can do about them

1. Sinus Infections 

Nasal congestion caused by a cold or sinus infection can cause tooth pain and sensitivity. While your bottom teeth can be affected, congestion-related tooth pain is typically noticed on the top row of your teeth. Fluid-filled sinuses can put pressure on your teeth, leading to discomfort.

An over-the-counter decongestant can help clear your sinuses and resolve your dental pain. If your chronic nasal congestion is associated with jaw conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder, talk to your dental professional to learn if he or she offers Botox services which may help ease your symptoms. 

2. Autoimmune Disorders

Certain autoimmune disorders can cause problems with your salivary glands, making them less effective in producing saliva. When your mouth becomes too dry, you may develop inflammation or an infection of your gum tissue which can become so severe that the bones that support your teeth can deteriorate.

While autoimmune disorders are more common in women, men are not immune to them. If you have an autoimmune condition, ask your dentist to recommend a lubricating oral rinse that will help reduce your risk of oral dehydration and subsequent dental sensitivity. Autoimmune conditions may also lead to muscle and bone pain in and around your mouth. Botox injections may help ease facial muscle contractions so that you feel more comfortable. 

3. Over-Zealous Brushing

If you develop dental sensitivity but have not consumed hot, cold, or sweet foods or beverages, your brushing technique may be the culprit. Brushing the surfaces of your teeth with a heavy hand can wear down your protective dental enamel, causing tooth sensitivity.

If this happens, try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and do not press too hard when brushing. If this fails to relieve your pain, talk to your dentist about recommending a toothpaste specifically formulated to relieve tooth sensitivity. Also, if you brush too vigorously, you may experience chronic muscle or jaw pain. If the pain becomes severe, or if you are unable to open your mouth or chew without feeling pain, Botox treatments may help keep you comfortable.

If you develop tooth sensitivity or pain, see your dentist as soon as possible. When sensitivity problems are recognized and treated early on, you can then start enjoying your favorite foods and drinks once again.